TOURNAMENT favourite Huddersfield’s Scott Waites looks to book a last-four place at the BDO World Darts Championship at Frimley Green’s Lakeside Country Club tonight.
Waites came through his second-round clash against Belgian Geert de Vos with something to spare and now faces fellow Englishman Paul Jennings in the quarter-finals.
Having seen the top two seeds crash out already, third-seeded Waites needed to show his class and he did so seeing off de Vos 4-1.
He plays an in-form Jennings, who laid down a marker by thrashing Jason Cullen 4-0 to reach the quarter-finals for the second year in succession.
Jennings checked out a 128 en route to a two-set lead, and he landed seven straight darts at a double to cement his advantage.
Seventh seed Jan Dekker also won, beating Garry Thompson 4-3, and he will face Richie George.
George, the son of former world champion Bobby George, continued his progress through the tournament as he beat Jimmy Hendriks 4-2.
But television pundit George senior feels the man from Huddersfield is the top tip for the title.
“Scott Waites is the sort of guy who should have won this competition by now, but never has,” said George.
“He is a great darts player, plays really well in tournaments, but as soon as he gets to the Lakeside, he doesn’t perform.
“But Scott is the favourite, though, as far as I am concerned.”